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Graduate Studies in Chemistry at Queen's

Dr. Wang LabQueen's Chemistry Graduate Studies Open House

The Department of Chemistry hosts a two-day Chemistry Grad Open House in February. Domestic applicants who complete their application by the application deadline will receive an invitation to attend.

The Open House will include department and campus tours, ample time to meet with prospective graduate supervisors, and multiple social events to mingle with current students, profs and new friends. The department will cover the cost of accommodations and assist with covering reasonable travels costs of all invited participants.

Application Deadline: February 1st

Thank You for Considering Queen's for Graduate Studies in Chemistry

In an increasingly competitive world of science and technology, the correct choice of graduate school and research supervisor is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Queen's University and the Department of Chemistry enjoy international reputations and an advanced degree from here is highly regarded, which is an important consideration in today's job market. With 25 award-winning faculty, and over 130 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates performing cutting-edge research in a multitude of areas, you will find this an exciting place to do research.

Graduate Student Research Highlight

Caitlin Miron - PhD Candidate in Chemistry, supervised by Dr. Anne Petitjean

Research Topic: "Small molecule recognition of unusual DNA architectures for applications in biological systems"

Overview: Although DNA is best known for its classical double helix or duplex structure, it can also adopt other biologically relevant architectures. One such architecture, the guanine quadruplex, forms in specific regions of the genome associated with cancer development, metastasis, and immortality. The stabilization of quadruplex architectures at these sites by artificial small molecule binders has been shown to prevent the expression of genes and/or activity of enzymes which directly contribute to different aspects of cancer. In collaboration with Dr. Jean-Louis Mergny at the Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie in Bordeaux, France, we recently discovered a highly promising family of novel binders that strongly stabilize quadruplex DNA and that are specific to quadruplex over duplex DNA. My research now involves the synthesis of second- and third-generation binders as well as the modification of conventional biophysical techniques to better study their interactions with quadruplex DNA at the bench.

Picture: Nausheen Sadiq

Nausheen Sadiq - PhD Candidate in Chemistry, supervised by Dr. Diane Beauchemin

Research Topic: "Multi-elemental risk assessment of various types of rice using ICP-MS"

Overview: Various types of rice have been studied by exposing the samples to artificial saliva, gastric juice and intestinal juice to determine how much of both toxic and essential elements will leach into our bodies and from there into our blood. This is done to determine how safe the food we eat is and whether the government needs to implement safety regulations.

Picture: Gillian Mackey

Gillian Mackey - PhD Candidate in Chemistry, supervised by Dr. Stephen Brown

Research Topic: "Developing modified siloxane polymer materials for environmental sensor applications"

Overview: With increasing human populations and demands on resources, it is more important than ever to monitor our environment for pollution. Currently, most environmental monitoring is done in the lab, meaning a sample must be collected from a site, transported to a lab, and analyzed by a trained technician. It would be ideal to develop devices that can instead carry out environmental analysis in the field – these devices are called environmental sensors. In my project, we aim to modify siloxane polymers in order to produce materials with useful properties for environmental sensing. We can incorporate different chemical components, which change the light transmitting properties of the material, and attach proteins and antibodies to the surfaces of the polymers. We have applied these materials to the detection of bacteria in water and volatile hydrocarbons in air.

Check out what other graduate students at Queen's are researching by tuning in on Tuesdays at 5 PM to Grad Chat on CFRC 101.3FM.